In fact Numbers 11:20 records that Israel would have so much meat, it would come out of their nostrils and as verse 33 cites, as soon as the meat touched their lips, those who lusted were struck with a death plague. The initial application for us is an obvious one—be careful what you ask for because you just might get it. However I submit to you that as we appreciate that correct principle, it completely obliterates a false one: i.e. ‘name-it-and-claim-it’ theology.
They soon forgot His works; They did not wait for His counsel, But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, And tested God in the desert. And He gave them their request, But sent leanness into their soul. Psalm 106:13-15
We Can See the Mistake
Israel named it and claimed it and they got what they asked for—from God. So should we? Do we know better now than Israel did then? Again, the answer is obvious; just because we can does not mean we should—just because God is gracious does not suggest that we should claim whatever it is our heart desires.
Sadly, this false prosperity teaching exists today because those who practice it incorrectly interpret the results of their requests. God allows the lust to be satisfied and the people mistakenly believe that it is His good will for their lives. The reality is that God likely allowed it in the hopes that they might identify the error of their ways and learn to trust Him more deliberately. God knows what we need; therefore, like Moses did so many times in the wilderness, we should be seeking His will rather than telling Him ours.
Therefore do not worry, saying, ’What shall we eat?’ or ’What shall we drink?’ or ’What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Matthew 6:31-33